Sport Clips Haircuts Donates $650,000 to Help Service Members Further Education
Generosity helps service members and veterans reach career goals
December 15, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sport Clips Haircuts donated $650,000 to the Veterans of Foreign Wars today to help active duty U.S. service members and veterans further their education and reach post-military career goals. Through client and product partner donations, as well as Veterans Day contributions of $1 per haircut service, the franchise’s annual “Help A Hero” campaign was its most successful since the program began in 2007. Funds raised will benefit the VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” program which is expected to provide more than 145 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Sport Clips’ Help A Hero campaign started in support of the VFW’s Operation Uplink™ “Free Call Days” program and has made nearly 2.5 million calls home possible for deployed and hospitalized U.S. service members. Last year, Sport Clips expanded its Help A Hero focus to offer scholarships of up to $5,000 each to active duty military and veterans who wish to pursue college degrees and vocational certifications. To date, 137 Help A Hero Scholarships have supported military in returning to school.
“The benefits of these Help A Hero Scholarships are making a major difference in the lives of our nation’s heroes who are attending school and taking the next steps in advancing their futures. It’s really gratifying for me as a veteran, and for every Sport Clips team member, to know we’re a part of making college and civilian career training possible for these heroes,” says Sport Clips Founder and CEO Gordon Logan, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Lifetime Member of the VFW. “Being a part of their journey when they return home is just one of the ways Sport Clips will continue to say ‘thank you’ to our military.”
“As veterans, we know how difficult transitioning back into civilian life can be because we’ve been there,” said John Stroud, VFW’s commander-in-chief. “Our returning service members and veterans deserve every chance to be successful. The generosity and support Sport Clips’ team members, partners and clients provide through the Help A Hero Scholarship program is life-changing. Together, VFW and Sport Clips are giving more military families the chance to move forward and better their lives than we could have ever imagined.”
As a part of this year’s fundraising efforts, Sport Clips partners such as, Nioxin, and others contributed a total of $105,000 to the Help A Hero Scholarship campaign.
Sport Clips is the Official Haircutter of the VFW, and its Help A Hero campaign is just one of the many ways it supports active duty military and veterans. To find out more, visit your local Sport Clips or SportClips.com.
The VFW Action Corps is the VFW’s national grassroots advocacy network comprised of more than 25,000 VFW members and patriotic supporters of veterans. Members of the VFW Action Corps stay up-to-date on the issues facing our veterans, our military and their families, standing ready to email, write, call and visit our nation’s lawmakers to make their voices heard.
The VFW Action Corps is free and open to all patriotic Americans who care about the military and veterans’ communities.
VFW Action Corps members receive:
- The VFW Action Corps Weekly, an easy-to-read electronic newsletter that highlights the VFW’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.
- Immediate access to a nationwide database of contact information for all elected officials, a congressional directory.
- Regular VFW “Action Alerts” telling them how they can get involved when our nation’s veterans, service members, and their families need their voices heard on Capitol Hill.
The VFW Action Corps is what gives the VFW its strength in advocating for our nation’s heroes. Working hand-in-hand with the VFW’s National Legislative Service — whose office is in eye-shot of the Capitol dome in Washington — members of the VFW Action Corps are armed with all of the tools and information they need to help the VFW in its mission to support our nation’s veterans. So join the VFW Action Corps today and add your voice to the thousands of veterans’ advocates making a difference every day, and if you’re already a member of the VFW Action Corps, encourage your ds and neighbors to join the effort!
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